First a question for the moderators. Why is not possible to insert a comment post in the section Hardware / ISA appliance? I've unsuccessfully tried both in logged mode and guest mode.
My personal rating for the whole product is 2,5 rouded to up... 3 I'm having a personal direct experience with the appliance and soon i'll configure two NE9200 in NLB. The appliance intended as a bundle system of w2k3 std, isa 2004 ee, websense, kaspersky and its management helped and aided by tools that recovery easily the system in consistent states deserves a score of 5 (best). In a couple of hours you can install a new complex configuration or restore it by other. Quality of hardware components and its overall architecture deserves a score of 2 because the components like HDD has a poor quality and the configuration in a blade 1 rack unit dimension limits strongly the RAID configuration with two disks mirror schema only. This cause serious problems when you decide to enable the proxy with a cache! Some weeks ago i've had a HW problem (a disk has gone down, degrading a mirror volume). With no doubt it was a critical situation but not so critical because the NE was still up. The support invoked in EMEA area was unable to say what to do and after a month i've decided to procede by myself. Rate for a support 1 (worst) I'm feel to suggest this product with the precaution of keeping a twin appliance in stock.
Hi Tom, happy to "meet" you... Hi Boedus... i know Celestix only by "name" By a "software" point of view i think NE is the best appliance now that you could find in commerce. I don't know the differences between its prices. The top level version of NE, the 9200, costs about 20.000 Euro and is only one. This is the price reserved to end-user customers without a signed partnership agreement. So don't forget that the 9200 series has fitted into the ISA 2004 EE the unique version that permit you to create a NLB infrastructure! Just in these days has been released new more versions of 9000 series fitted with a power up hardware infrastructure and the new ISA 2006.